Generally, the Four of Swords sends a message to take some time out, surrendering worldly concerns and retreating to a sheltered place of serenity away from the hustle and bustle. The oldest Tarot card images suggest a visit to the tombs of our ancestors, a place to contemplate your mortality and breathe in the dust of those who brought you here.
A vision quest or pilgrimage to one's own center allows us to contemplate our roots, values and goals. Here you will see your place in the flow of time ... and unfolding generations.
Why is it that I have to go through such an inner journey now, to the point of getting stuck, when everyone else seems to be moving fast forward? What is waiting for me beyond this maddening phase? When will I ever break out of this rut, to boot?